Matthew Stubbs is a Boston, MA-based guitarist and songwriter/composer, who has been Charlie Musselwhite‘s touring guitarist since 2007, and as a solo artist has released two solo instrumental record, drawing from the Memphis, TN soul/blues tradition, 2008’s Soulbender released through Vizztone Records and 2010’s Medford and Main released through Chicago, IL-based Blue Bella Records. In 2016, Stubbs, along with Just Lopes (organ), Chris Rivelli (drums) and Marc Hickox (bass) as an instrumental, psych rock-based project inspired by the desire of bringing back popular instrumental work along the lines Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Booker T and others, mixed with elements of garage rock, the blues, movie soundtracks and Afrobeat, — all while focusing on the vibe and energy of the live performance.
The band’s self-tiled full-length debut is slated for a January 26, 2018 release and from “Death Grip” and ” Unwinder,” two singles off the soon-to-be released album, the material on the band’s self-titled debut manage to have a decidedly retro vibe, sounding as though they could have been part of the soundtracks to late 60s and early 70s B movies but with a tight groove; in fact, as Stubbs says of “Death Grip,” “The song was inspired by the wild scenes in those cult, car racing movies of the ’70s. I wrote it with that cinematic, yet frenetic approach in my mind.” “Unwinder,” on the other hand finds Stubbs and company, drawing from 60s psych rock and surfer rock and blues, complete with that soaring organ sequence — and they do so in a way that nods at The Castaways’ “Liar Liar” but with a subtle nod at shoegaze and dub.
Directed by Jack LeMay, the video for “Unwinder” was cinematically shot like a 70s action movie at Revolution Sound Studios in the Charlestown section of Boston, and follows a leather jacket wearing Stubbs as he walks to the studio to meet his bandmates and then performs the song with the band. The video for “Death Grip” features live footage of the band performing the song at State Park in Cambridge, MA, which should give you a good sense of their live show, as they’re currently embarking on a Northeast tour that includes a February 15, 2018 stop at Berlin. Check out the tour dates below.
Jan 08 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 15 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 19 – Worcester, MA – Bull Mansion
Jan 22 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 26 – Fall River, MA – The Narrows
Jan 29 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Feb 03 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square
Feb 12 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Feb 15 – New York, NY – Berlin
Feb 16 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace
Feb 19 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Feb 24 – Worcester, MA – Electric Haze
Feb 26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair